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#ArtInspires | Wallpaper in Ireland 1700-1900

 

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I came across this beautiful page with samples of Irish wallpapers in the Irish Georgian Society Review 2014 article about the book by David Skinner “Wallpaper in Ireland 1700–1900” (2014, Churchill House Press, 216 pages)*. These come from “the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Henrietta Street, Eccles Street, all in Dublin; Springhill, Co. Derry, Caledon, Co. Tyrone, Killeen, Co. Meath, Castle Coole, Co. Fermanagh, Newbridge, Co. Kildare and Fota Co. Cork.”

Great to see this research and recording of Irish wallpapers being published as this decorative art is especially fragile. When I visit some of the great houses in Ireland, I very often find the wallpapers being ‘distracted’ by other decorative arts on and around them, e.g. paintings, lamps, curtains, ornaments, etc. But when I see them like here, within simple white frame, I can really appreciate the beauty of their patterns on their own. I can’t wait to get the book and get inspired!

* All proceeds from the sale of this book benefit the work of the Irish Georgian Society in preserving Ireland’s built heritage.